The digital economy consumes 7% of the global electricity and generates up to 2% of the global CO2 emissions – these numbers are estimated to increase by 2030. Thus, what can be done to reduce energy consumption in this growing sector? Energy sobriety offers a solution to this problem.
In the third webinar of the Cycle E-Sufficiency series, our speakers presented best practices to reduce energy consumption in the digital sector from France and The Netherlands. Learn more about energy sobriety and solutions to make our economy more resilient in the long term.
Overconsumption – of energy and materials – have devastating effects on climate and the environment. It is urgent to start consuming less and better, in line with the concept of energy sufficiency.
Enshrined in the French Energy Transition Bill of 2015, the concept of energy sufficiency is still largely unknown and misunderstood at the European level. According to Environmental Change Institute, “Energy sufficiency is a state in which people’s basic needs for energy services are met equitably and ecological limits are respected.” (Darby and Fawcett, 2018). Energy sufficiency goes beyond energy efficiency: it’s about having enough but not using too much. It’s about doing things differently; about living well, within the limits (energysufficiency.org).
As part of its energy transition Vice-Presidency, AREC IDF organised with FEDARENE a series of webinars on energy sufficiency in Europe: